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U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
International Friendly
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Ariz.
April 2, 2014

USA-MEXICO, PRESENTED BY AT&T, KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY: The U.S. Men’s National Team faces rival Mexico for an international friendly on Wednesday, April 2, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The match kicks off at 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET) and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer. The game marks the USA’s final match before the squad’s 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp and the three-game Send-Off Series from May 27-June 7.

The United States and Mexico meet for the first time since the USA’s “Dos a Cero” victory on Sept. 10, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, secured the team’s advancement to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The previous friendly between the regional rivals also proved historic when a Michael Orozco goal and a Tim Howard shutout delivered the MNT its first victory against Mexico on Mexico’s own soil, a 1-0 win on Aug. 15, 2012, at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (6): Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

2014 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 1

Korea Rep.

2-0 W

Wondolowski (2)

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 5

Ukraine

0-2 L

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Papadopoulos Stadium; Larnaca, Cyprus

April 2

Mexico

11 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.

May 27

Azerbaijan

10 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

Candlestick Park; San Francisco, Calif.

June 1

Turkey

2 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 7

Nigeria

6 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

June 16

Ghana **

6 p.m.

Estadio das Dunas; Natal, Brazil

June 22

Portugal **

3 p.m.

Arena Amazonia; Manaus, Brazil

June 26

Germany **

12 p.m.

Arena Pernambuco; Recife, Brazil

Sept. 3

Czech Rep.

TBD

TBD

** 2014 FIFA World Cup

BELTRAN BROUGHT IN, BEASLEY AND OROZCO OUT: U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann added defender Tony Beltran to the USA’s training camp roster on Sunday. Beltran replaces Brad Evans, who continues to recover from a calf injury he suffered on March 15 during Seattle Sounders FC’s MLS match against Toronto FC. Beltran has made two previous appearances for the U.S. squad. Additionally, Liga MX side Puebla refused the request to release defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco. Klinsmann will not add any replacements, reducing the USA roster to 20 players available for selection.

FORMER GERMANY COACH BERTI VOGTS ADDED AS WORLD CUP SPECIAL ADVISOR: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has appointed former Germany coach Berti Vogts to be a Special Advisor to the U.S. Men’s National Team from now through the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Vogts was part of the Germany team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In his role as Special Advisor, Vogts will aid in the development of training plans, help prepare scouting reports, and travel to observe matches of the USA’s opponents in the lead-up to the tournament and in Brazil. Along with the announcement of Vogts, Klinsmann has added U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director and Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos to the coaching staff and is transitioning Martin Vasquez to other responsibilities within U.S. Soccer.

SEND-OFF SERIES: The USA will play three Send-Off Series matches in San Francisco, New York and Jacksonville, Fla., as part of its final preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The timeline of playing Azerbaijan, Turkey and Nigeria in a 12-day span is to mimic a schedule that will be similar to the group stage of the upcoming World Cup. The series starts against Azerbaijan on May 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Calif. (7 p.m. PT), followed by Turkey on June 1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (2 p.m. ET) and Nigeria on June 7 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville (6 p.m. ET).

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Four players on the roster are captains of their club teams – Kyle Beckerman, Matt Besler, Michael Parkhurst and Chris Wondolowski
  • Nick Rimando backstopped the team in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, collecting five victories and earning a shutout in the final, a 1-0 win against Panama. With the win against the Korea Republic in January, he improved his career record to a perfect 10-0-0 all-time.
  • Landon Donovan tied for the team lead in 2013 with eight goals. He started all six games in the Gold Cup and shared Golden Boot honors with Wondolowski, each scoring five times. Wondolowski scored both goals in the 2-0 win against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1.
  • After Donovan (155 caps, 57 goals), Dempsey has the second-most caps on the roster with 102. Eddie Johnson tied with DaMarcus Beasley for the most MNT appearances in 2013 with 17.
  • In 2013, Johnson accumulated five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that completed the USA’s quest to qualify for the World Cup, netting the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Mexico.
  • Zusi scored the now famous tying goal in the 3-2 win against Panama on Oct. 15, 2013, that lifted Mexico into fourth place in CONCACAF qualifying and the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand that allowed El Tri to qualify for Brazil.
  • Clarence Goodson recorded a career-high 10 starts in 2013, including five in the Gold Cup.
  • Besler took home 2012 MLS Defender of the Year honors, a year after LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez earned the same award.
  • Maurice Edu makes his first trip to the National Team since starting in the historic 0-0 draw in qualifying against Mexico on March 26, 2013, at Estadio Azteca.
  • Luis Gil and DeAndre Yedlin make their second camp for the Senior Team following the game against Korea. Both were part of the 2013 U.S. U-20 World Cup team and started all three matches of the tournament.
  • Yedlin finished third in the 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year voting.
  • Julian Green is the only player on the roster in search of his first cap. Born in Tampa, Fla., he is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany. The 18-year-old played for Germany in qualifying for the UEFA U-19 championship, which required that he complete a one-time change of association that allows him to play for the U.S. National Team.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Clint Dempsey made his 102nd career appearance when the USA faced Ukraine on March 5. Dempsey is tied with former MNT goalkeeper Kasey Keller (102 caps from 1990-2007) for 10th on the all-time list.
  • Dempsey, who is coming off a six-goal campaign in 2013, currently has 36 tallies in his career. Last year, Dempsey moved ahead of Eric Wynalda (34) into second place on the all-time list, trailing only Landon Donovan (57 goals). Dempsey is also working his way up the assists record book. He is tied with DaMarcus Beasley for eighth with 13 assists. Beasley and Dempsey are one assist behind Joe-Max Moore and Tab Ramos, who are tied for sixth with 14 assists in their careers.
  • Donovan continues to inch closer to the MNT record for appearances. He has played in 155 games, second only to Cobi Jones’ 164 games from 1992-2004.
  • Donovan is the USA record holder in goals (57), assists (57) and points (171).
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is currently tied for 22nd all-time with 82 caps, matching Brad Friedel (1992-2004), Eddie Lewis (1996-2008) and Eddie Pope (1996-2006).
  • Eddie Johnson is eighth in the all-time goal scoring record books with 19 goals since debuting for the MNT in 2004.
  • Chris Wondolowski, who opened the year with a brace during the USA’s 2-0 win against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1, now has eight goals in his career. Wondolowski is one goal behind a six-man group tied for 21st on the MNT’s all-time goal scoring list that includes Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff with nine goals apiece.
  • Goalkeeper Nick Rimando is tied with Brad Guzan for fifth all-time with 10 victories in his MNT career.
  • Bill Hamid, a product of D.C. United’s youth system and former U.S. Soccer Development Academy player, is one of only nine players to have posted a shutout in his first appearance. Hamid’s only cap was a clean sheet during the USA’s 1-0 victory against Venezuela on Jan. 21, 2012.
  • The USA is coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign, posting the most victories (16) and best winning percentage (.761) in team history.
  • The U.S. MNT has won a record 13 straight games at home, most recently posting a 2-0 victory against the Korea Republic on Feb. 1 in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The USA’s last home loss was a 4-2 defeat to Belgium on May 29, 2013, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Since that game, the USA has outscored its opponents at home by a 37-7 margin.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (28-11-7) is two wins away from matching Bora Milutinovic’s career wins total (30) for third on the all-time list. Ahead of them are Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

USA IN ARIZONA:

  • The U.S. MNT is 3-0-1 all-time in Arizona and 2-0-0 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
  • The USA defeated Venezuela 1-0 on Jan. 21, 2012, in Glendale. Ricardo Clark scored a dramatic game-winner off of a Jermaine Jones assist in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid made one save for the clean sheet in his lone appearance to date with the MNT. Graham Zusi also earned his first cap in that game.
  • On Feb. 7, 2007, the USA blanked Mexico 2-0 in Glendale, with Jimmy Conrad and Landon Donovan providing the goal scoring in front of a crowd of 62,424.
  • In the USA’s other two Arizona-based games, the MNT drew Denmark 2-2 on Jan. 30, 1993, and topped Norway 2-1 on Jan. 15, 1994. Both games were played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

USA VS. MEXICO SERIES:

  • Overall, the USA is 17-32-13 all-time in international competition against Mexico.
  • The USA’s 62 previous meetings against Mexico are the most against any country in U.S. Soccer’s history.
  • Since 2000, the USA has posted a 12-5-4 record against Mexico, including a 10-2-3 record at home during that span.
  • Landon Donovan has scored six career goals against Mexico, including his first career international goal and the insurance strike in the 2-0 win in the Round of 16 of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Overall, Donovan has played 16 times against Mexico.
  • Eddie Johnson scored the game-winner in the fourth straight “Dos a Cero” at Columbus Crew Stadium, leading the U.S. to a 2-0 win on Sept. 10, 2013, that clinched a spot in the World Cup.
  • The Jurgen Klinsmann era began when the United States and Mexico played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 10, 2011, in Philadelphia. Robbie Rogers scored a 73rd-minute equalizer for the U.S.
  • The biggest meeting in series history was the USA’s 2-0 victory in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea on June 17. Brian McBride and Donovan scored goals in that match.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 3: Top-10 MNT goal scorers on roster – Landon Donovan (first, 57 goals), Clint Dempsey (second, 36 goals), and Eddie Johnson (eighth, 19 goals)
  • 10: Career victories for Nick Rimando, tied for fifth all-time
  • 14: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 16: Victories during USA’s record-setting 2013 campaign
  • 20: Mexico’s FIFA ranking
  • 28: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann

LOOKING TO 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP:
The U.S. Men’s National Team will be based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USA opens Group G play against Ghana at 6 p.m. ET on June 16 in Natal. That is followed by a 6 p.m. ET match against Portugal on June 22 in Manaus and a 12 p.m. ET match on June 26 against Germany. Full group standings and schedule from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Group Breakdown:

  • Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
  • Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
  • Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
  • Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
  • Group D: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
  • Group F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
  • Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
  • Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 28-11-7 record. He ranks fourth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Bora Milutinovic (30), Klinsmann (27) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He has won a record-setting 13 straight games at home.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann the United States has a 2-1-1 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match

  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, opponents outscored the USA by a 7-5 margin. The USA’s two victories during the Klinsmann era in 2011 include a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.


IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Mexican Football Federation
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación A.C.
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Miguel Herrera
FIFA World Ranking: 20
FIFA World Cup Appearances: 15 (includes upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup)
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

MEXICO ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Moisés Muñoz (Club América), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
DEFENDERS (8): Paúl Aguilar (Club América), Rogelio Chávez (Cruz Azul), Miguel Layun (Club América), Rafael Márquez (León), Enrique Pérez (Atlas), Miguel Ángel Ponce (Toluca), Francisco Javier Rodríguez (Club América), Juan Carlos Valenzuela (Club América)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Marco Fabián (Cruz Azul), Juan Carlos Medina (Club América), Luis Montes (León), Carlos Peña (León), Jesús Zavala (Monterrey)
FORWARDS (3): Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Raúl Jiménez (Club América), Alán Pulido (Tigres)

MEXICO ROSTER NOTES:

  • Mexico qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup through a two-game playoff against Oceania champion New Zealand. Mexico won the first leg 5-1 on Nov. 13, 2013, in Mexico City, then topped New Zealand 4-2 on Nov. 20 in Wellington to easily win on aggregate and advance to the country’s15th FIFA World Cup later this summer.
  • Mexico was able to sneak into the playoff phase for the World Cup after a 2-3-5 record in the Hexagonal to finish in fourth place. El Tri was aided by the USA’s 3-2 comeback victory on Oct. 15 that eliminated Panama, which was in position for the playoffs with a 2-1 lead against the United States heading into second-half stoppage time.
  • Seven players on Mexico’s roster have played in less than 10 games for Mexican National Team. Defender Rogelio Chávez is the lone player who is still in search of his first national team cap.
  • Striker Raúl Jiménez is the youngest player on Mexico’s roster at 22 years old. Defender Rafael Márquez, who played for three seasons with Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, is the oldest at 35.
  • Seven players hail from famed Liga MX side Club América.
  • Miguel Herrera, who managed Club América for two years, was appointed interim Mexico national team head coach in mid-October of 2013. Herrera was the team’s fourth head coach in a span of a month when he was summoned in before the intercontinental playoff against New Zealand. Herrera first took the sidelines for Mexico’s 4-2 victory against Finland on Oct. 30 in an international friendly at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.


LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
March 5, 2014 – Papadopoulos Stadium – Larnaca, Cyprus – International Friendly

USA   0
UKR   2   Andry Iarmolenko 12, Marko Devic 60

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-John Brooks, 2-Edgar Castillo (21-Brek Shea, 63); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 13-Jermaine Jones (14-Danny Williams, 80), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 16-Sacha Kljestan (9-Aron Johannsson, 63), 23-Fabian Johnson; 17-Jozy Altidore (19-Juan Agudelo, 85)
Subs Not Used: 4-Jonathan Spector, 6-Alfredo Morales, 12-Brad Guzan, 15-Will Packwood, 18-Terrence Boyd
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

UKR: 12-Andriy Pyatov; 3-Yevhen Khachiridi, 4-Anatoliy Tymoschuk (capt.), 5- Olexander Kucher, 7- Andriy Yarmolenko; 8-Roman Zozulya (22-Marko Devic, 66), 10-Yevhen Konoplyanka, 13-Vyacheslav Shevchuk, 14-Ruslan Rotan (21-Edmar Halovskiy, 78); 17-Artem Fedetskiy, 19-Denys Garmash (15-Roman Bezus, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Denys Boyko, 2-Denys Dedechko, 9-Oleg Gusev, 11- Yevhen Seleznyov, 16-Serhiy Sydorchuk, 18-Mykola Morozyuk, 20-Yaroslav Rakitskiy, 23-Rustam Khudzhamov, 24-Eugene Makarenko, 25-Andriy Pylyavskyi, 27-Dmytro Khomchenovskyi
Head Coach: Mykhailo Fomenko

On the field against Mexico:
Sept. 10, 2013 – Columbus Crew Stadium – Columbus, Ohio – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

USA   2   Eddie Johnson 49, Landon Donovan 78
MEX   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 23-Fabian Johnson (15-Michael Parkhurst, 46), 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Graham Zusi, 84), 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.), 10-Landon Donovan; 18-Eddie Johnson (14-Mix Diskerud, 76)
Subs Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 4-Michael Orozco, 6-Joe Corona, 9-Aron Johannsson, 12-Brad Guzan, 16-Jose Torres, 17-Brad Davis, 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

MEX: 1-Jesús Corona (capt.); 21-Hiram Mier, 4-Diego Reyes, 15-Héctor Moreno, 3-Carlos Salcido (8-Ángel Reyna, 77); 7-Christian Giménez (16-Héctor Herrera, 55), 5-Fernando Arce (19-Oribe Peralta, 69), 17-Jesús Zavala, 18-Andrés Guardado; 14-Javier Hernández, 10-Giovani Dos Santos
Subs Not Used: 2-Francisco Rodríguez, 9-Raúl Jiménez, 11-Javier Aquino, 12-Jonathan Orozco, 13-Severo Meza, 20-Jorge Torres Nilo, 22-Damián Álvarez, 23-Alfredo Talavera
Head Coach: Luis Fernando Tena

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